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Username: Kathleen

Post Number: 1918
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 10:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Macomb Cultural Center kicks off a 4-month series of programs and exhibits under the title Legacy of Service and Courage: The World War II Generation on February 17.

Among the many offerings are some programs that relate to Michigan and Detroit history, including the Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight, the Arsenal of Democracy: How Detroit Won WWII, the Detroit Tigers World Series Win in 1945, Selfridge Airfield, the gliders made by Ford and used to carry paratroopers into battle, and the Packard Proving Grounds and its role in WWII.

Looks like a wonderful tribute to our veterans and a real learning experience to be had!!

Most events are free; registration required. Check here for a list of events: http://www.macombculturalcente r.com/events.htm
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Username: The_rock

Post Number: 1582
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 8:04 am:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am hopeful to attend the program on March 17, when an expert will evaluate WWII memorabilia. I have an authentic Nazi banner,about 6 feet in length,red and white with the black swastika, which a veteran friend of mine took from a Munich flagpole at the end of the conflict and which is in perfect condition. I am curious as to its monetary value, although it is destined for the Yankee Air Force Museum.
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Username: Kathleen

Post Number: 2014
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2007 - 6:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I attended today's program called From Ballpark to Battlefield…and Back, presented by baseball historian and author William M. Anderson. All about professional baseball and how WWII impacted the game and the teams, with an emphasis on the Detroit Tigers. Lots of photos! Very informative!

Afterwards we looked at the exhibit and found it to be very well put together, covering a broad spectrum of subjects relating to World War II.

If you have the time and the inclination to attend a program and see the exhibit, you won't be disappointed. If you know any WWII veterans, please share this with them. It will be time well spent!!
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Username: Kenp

Post Number: 237
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2007 - 7:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the info Kathleen. Do you have any info on the The 2005 documentary "Detroit: Ruin of a City" that was to be shown sometime in Jan but postponed.
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Username: 56packman

Post Number: 1064
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2007 - 9:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kathleen, I'll have to see that exhibit. There will be a touch of irony whilst seeing it, so many of the companies that contributed so much to defeating the Axis forces are either gone or in grave danger at the moment. WWII is becoming as distant to new generations as the Crimean war or the Civil war--we grew up being raised by veterans of WWII. They truly were a great generation.
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Username: Kathleen

Post Number: 2016
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2007 - 10:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


My contact at the museum told me last week that they are still working on rescheduling the "Detroit: Ruin of a City" program. I will post the info when a date is confirmed.


There is a section of the exhibit on The Arsenal of Democracy, the Big 3 contributions to the war effort, the Willow Run Bomber Plant, the Packard Proving Grounds. Succinct presentation, but very informative!!

(Message edited by Kathleen on March 03, 2007)
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Username: Kenp

Post Number: 238
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 1:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Kathleen, your one of the best sources of info on this site and its appreciated.
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Username: Mikem

Post Number: 3143
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 3:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Using this source:

http://www.heritageresearch.co m/War%20Facilities3.html#MI

I added addresses to come up with this list of war production industries in Detroit, including Hamtramck and Highland Park:

Aeronautical Products Inc18100 Ryan
Allied Chemical & Dye Corp?
American Metal Products Co5959 Lynsdale
American Radiator and Standard Sanitary Corp, American Blower Corp8007 Jos Campau
Apex Broach Co Inc2981 E Lafayette
Arrow Tool and Reamer Co418 Livernois
Asam Mfg Co2154 Scott?
Bower Roller Bearing Co3040 Hart
Briggs Mfg Co11631 Mack
Budd Wheel Co12141 Charlevoix
Bundy Tubing Co10951 Hern
Burroughs Adding Machine Co6005 2nd
Cabot Carbon Co?
Castoloy Corp197 S Waterman
Champion Spark Plug Co8525 Butler
Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co6201 2nd
Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co570 E Larned
Chrysler Kercheval Plant12262 Kercheval
Chrysler Desoto Plant9400 McGraw
Chrysler Jefferson Plant12200 E Jefferson
Chrysler Plymouth Plant6334 Lynch
Colman Frederick and Sons Inc7250 Central
Colonial Broach Co147 Jos Campau
Continental Die Casting Co9615 Grinnell
Continental Motors Corp12801 E Jefferson
Cross Gear and Machine Co3250 Bellevue
Dalzen Tool and Mfg Co511 Leib
Detroit Broach Co Inc6000 Beniteau
Detroit Brass & Malleable Works100 S Campbell
Detroit Cutboard Products Corp?
Detroit Diesel Engine Div13400 W Outer Drive
Detroit Gear - Aircraft Parts Div?
Detroit Gear - Machine Div606 Woodbridge
Detroit Gear - Machine Div12345 Kercheval
Detroit Harvester Co5440-5450 W Jefferson
Detroit Lubricator Co 5900 Trumbull
Detroit Reamer and Tool Co6527 Russell
Detroit Transmission Div5140 Riopelle
Detroit Universal Duplicator Corp253 St Aubin
Differential Wheel Corp5124 Braden
Eaton Mfg Co - Spring Div9771 French
Eclipse Counterbore Co7410 St Aubin
Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Co6060 Hamilton
Ex-cell-o Corp5835 Martin
Federal Mogul Corp11031 Shoemaker
Federal Screw Works3401 Martin
Fisher Body DivVarious Locations
Ford Motor Co Lincoln Plant6200 W Warren
Gemmer Mfg Co6400 Mt Elliott
General Electric Co?
Cadillac Motor Car Div2860 Clark
Graf V L Co9456 Grinnell
Graham Paige Motors Corp8505 W Warren
Graham Paige Motors CorpFort & McKinstry
Greenfield Tab and Die Corp2102 W Fort
Holley Carburetor Co8279 Epworth
Huck Mfg Co2480 Bellevue
Hudson Motor Car Co12601 E Jefferson
Hudson Motor Car Co10865 Devine
Hupp Motor Car Co3641 E Milwaukee
Jacobs Aircraft Engine Co1043 Spruce?
Kelsey-Hayes Wheel Co3600 Military
Kelsey-Hayes Wheel Co1936 W Kirby
Long Mfg Div12501 Dequindre
Lyon Inc151 S Waterman
McCord Corp2587 E Grand Blvd
McLaren Screw Products Co514 15th
Michigan Die Casting Co11831 Charlevoix
Michigan Steel Casting Co1986 Guoin
Michigan Steel Tube Products Co9450 Buffalo
Michigan Tool Co7171 E McNichols
Micromatic Hone Corp1345 E Milwaukee
Midwest Tool and Mfg Co2360 W Jefferson
Motor Products Corp11801 Mack
Motor Tool Mfg Co12281 Turner
Murchey Machine and Tool Co951 Porter
Murray Corp of America7700 Russell
Nash Kelvinator Corp14250 Plymouth
National Tool Salvage Co3816 Beaubien
National Twist Drill and Tool Co6522 Brush
Packard Motor Car Co1580 E Grand Blvd
Parker Wolverine Co5230 Martin
Parker Wolverine Co2177 E Milwaukee
Parker Wolverine Co2531 Scotten
Plymouth Steel Co6134 Epworth
Putnam Tool Co2981 Charlevoix
Rafco Tool and Mfg Co7350 Central
Redford Tool and Die Co17170 Rockdale
Republic Aircraft Products Div5914 Federal
Revere Copper & Brass Inc5851 W Jefferson
Rotary Electric Steel Co21400 Mound
S and S Tool and Mfg Co3683 Willis?
Sal Way Steel Treating Co620 W Elizabeth
Shatterproof Glass Co4815 Cabot
Sherwood Brass Works6331 E Jefferson
Sperry Corp, Vickers Inc1400 Oakman
Steel Materials Corp17260 Gable
Ternstedt Mfg Div6307 W Fort
Timbeam Inc?
Timken Detroit Axle Co100 Clark
Tompkins Printing Equipment Co545 W Larned
Tungsten Carbide Tool Co7171 E McNichols
U S Broach Co6463 E 7 Mile
U S Rubber Co6600 E Jefferson
United Drill and Tool Corp – Whitman & Barnes?2108 W Fort
Vinco Corp8855 Schaefer
Vinco Corp9111 Schaefer
Welch Industries Inc19400 W Eight Mile
Wolverine Tube Co1425 Central
Woodall Industries Inc7565 E McNichols
Young L A Spring & Wire Corp9200 Russell
Palmer-Bee Co1701 Poland (H)
Standard Tube Co14600 Woodward (HP)
Chrysler Dodge Bros Main Plant7900 Jos Campau (H)
Detroit Tap and Tool Co8432 Butler (HP)
Gear Grinding Machine Co3901 Christopher (H)
Ex-cell-o Corp1200 Oakman (HP)
Ford Motor CoWoodward (HP)
Chrysler Highland Park Plant841 Massachusetts (HP)
Fargo Motor Corp7900 Jos Campau (H)

I make no guarantees about the accuracy of the list. There were many typos in the original source, and the addresses I used were from the year 1940 - several companies may have built new plants in other locations strictly for the war production contract.
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Username: Mcp001

Post Number: 2448
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 3:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I had a chance to check it out yesterday.

Aside from the putz who was arguing with the speaker yesterday about the minutia of the Tigers lineup in WWII, I found the speaker interesting, even though I'm not much of a sports fan (I brought some friends in tow yesterday, and that was the first thing that they wanted to see). The people at Macomb could've made the lecture a bit more bearable though by turning the heat up to at least 60.

I was actually impressed with the amount of material that they had on display, to say nothing about the fact that they will be having rotating exhibits throughout May.

I'll definitely be stopping back to see the Patton re-enactor and the flyover.
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Username: Kathleen

Post Number: 2024
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2007 - 8:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Agreed, Mcp001. The topic of WWII and how it affected major league baseball in general, with a focus on the Detroit Tigers, I thought was most interesting!! With all the local tie-ins, there is some Detroit history to be learned, as well as general WWII history.

True, it was too cold in the room!! And that one guy who argued with Dr. Anderson...he wasn't even right!!

I will be promoting this exhibit and the programs to all my friends and family!! This truly is something not to be missed.

(Message edited by Kathleen on March 04, 2007)

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